Downsview Community Legal Services

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Welcome to Downsview Community Legal Services

We are a community legal clinic and we provide free legal assistance to people living in our area. Downsview Community Legal Services is funded by Legal Aid Ontario and run by a community board of directors. In order to receive legal assistance, you must qualify financially and live within our catchment area which is bordered by Steeles Ave. to the North, Yonge St. to the East, Trethewey Dr. to the South and Jane St. to the West.
The mission of Downsview Community Legal Services is to promote access to justice for our low income community. 

To do this we:

  1. Provide free legal advice and representation to individuals in our community
  2. Provide community education and outreach
  3. Engage in law reform activities 
  4. Foster Community Partnerships

Legal Representation

We offer legal representation to clients who meet our eligibility criteria provided that their issue falls within one of our practise areas. If we cannot provide representation in that area of law, we will make an effort to provide an appropriate referral.

Community Education

We help community groups understand the law and their legal rights. We will provide speakers for groups in areas of law within our expertise.

Law Reform

Through involvement in lobbying, test cases and community organizing we work towards changing laws for the benefit of low income people.


If you have legal problems outside our area of expertise, we can advise you who to contact.

Our Services

We provide legal advice and assistance in the following areas:

  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Social Assistance (OW & ODSP)
  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security
  • Some types of Immigration
  • Employment Standards
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation

Affidavit Service

Affidavits are prepared on Thursday from 9:00 - 11 a.m. & 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


  • Workers' Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Family Law

Hours of Operation

    Mon - 8:30 to 4:30
    Tue - 8:30 to 4:30
    Wed - 8:30 to 4:30
    Thu - 8:30 to 4:30
    Fri - 8:30 to 4:30

We are closed daily from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for lunch.

Contact Us!

    540 Finch Ave West,
    Toronto, ON
    M2R 1N7

P. 416.635.8388 | F. 416.635.6471

540 Finch Avenue West